1 dead, 1 injured in Screven Co. shooting that occurred after dog was killed

Published: Sep. 25, 2022 at 6:48 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 26, 2022 at 4:51 PM EDT
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SCREVEN COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - A shooting Sunday at a mobile home park in Screven County leaves a man dead and a woman wounded.

Investigators say the deceased man and had gone to a home with a group of other people to confront the family there about a wounded dog.

As two Screven County families give their accounts of what happened Sunday, the sheriff says all of this could have been avoided.

Blanche Barnes says her grandson was at her house Sunday when he shot an aggressive dog. She says the dog’s owner and other people came to her house within minutes.

“The screen door was open like that. And I was in the doorway like this. The girl was pushing on me and trying to get around into the house, trying to get to C.J., I guess,” Barnes said.

She says she called for her son Corey Morris Sr. who was in a back room.

“A shot was fired, a fatal wound, right off the bat. A girl in back of him also got shot with the same bullet,” Screven County Sheriff Mike Kile said.

The bullet struck and killed Roderick Jenkins, the dog’s owner. GBI agents and sheriff’s investigators have questioned Morris but haven’t filed charges. Something the family of Jenkins is upset with.

“Y’all should have never let him go, and y’all let him go an hour after picking him up,” Aramentha Lewis, who lost a son in the shooting, said.

Sheriff Kile says Jenkins should have reported the dog issue instead of confronting Morris.

“Bad things happen when tempers flare. Ten years ago, they’d had had a fist fight and that would have been it,” Sheriff Kile said.

We will keep you updated on the case.

This case is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Screven County Sheriff’s Office at 912-564-2013 or the GBI Regional Investigative Office in Statesboro at 912-871-1121. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.